Missile interceptor field being built at Fort Greely

Posted: Thursday, February 08, 2007

FAIRBANKS - The military is adding a third missile interceptor field to Fort Greely as part of an expansion of the nation's anti-ballistic missile program.

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The agency has 13 missile interceptors on two fields at Fort Greely, a base about 100 miles south of Fairbanks, and expects to add another missile by the end of the month, according to spokesman Rick Lehner in Washington, D.C. Plans call for 21 interceptors in silos by the end of the year.

The additional interceptors will arrive sooner than previously planned, according to a summary of the proposed fiscal year 2008 budget released Monday by the Missile Defense Agency.

By the end of 2008, the agency expects to have up to 30 interceptors in the ground, including those at Fort Greely and several at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.

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